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Rodgers: Suarez loves English football

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that striker Luis Suarez will not be forced out of England by his critics and says he loves playing in the Premier League.

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Suarez, 25, was banned for eight matches last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, while his theatrics on the pitch have led to a host of criticism over his perceived diving.

This week, former Liverpool striker John Aldridge expressed his concern that the Uruguayan could walk away from the club if the vitriol towards him continues, but Rodgers claims he is made of sterner stuff.

"I think he loves playing in English football,'' said Rodgers. "I speak with Luis regularly and he loves the passion and excitement of the game over here. What he is is a player who is mentally very strong - as you can see from his time here the amount of stick he has taken.

"It is actually a driver for him. It really motivates him and he loves being at Liverpool: he loves the city, the club and the supporters so I can't see that (being forced out) happening.''

Suarez, who only signed a new long-term contract at the start of the season, has impressed up front despite a burden of games which has left him as the club's only fit senior striker.

"I thought he was outstanding (against Everton). He is a breath of fresh air with his enthusiasm,'' added Rodgers. "He is our only fit senior striker here and he was tireless against Reading and then we had to play a strong team against Anzi (in the Europa League).

"People maybe thought the condition of the team and him in particular would waver but the condition of the group, and particularly him up front, was amazing.

"He is a wonderful talent who will always provoke comments both positive and negative but the bottom line is he is a fantastic player. He scores goals and his goals to games ratio this season is fantastic.

"He is really inspirational for the group because he works hard every day and he is quality at that top end of the field: he genuinely is a world-class striker. It is a privilege to work with a player of that quality every day.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report


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